The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted a permit to Wintershall Norge to drill well 35/11-20 A in production licence (PL) 248 F, offshore Norway.

Wintershall plans to drill the well using Borgland Dolphin drilling facility at position 61°13’20.29” north, 03°26’25.57” east.

Prior to this, the rig will complete the drilling of wildcat well 16/5-6 for Tullow Oil Norge in production licence 776.

Wintershall operates PL 248 F with an ownership interest of 40%. The other licensees are Origo Exploration Norway (20%) and Petoro (40%).

The area in this licence comprises a part of block 35/11.

"The area in this licence comprises a part of block 35/11."

Well 35/11-20 A is the second well to be drilled within the licence area, and will be around 100km south-west of Florø and 20km north-west of the Fram field.

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PL 248 was awarded to Wintershall during the North Sea Awards of 1999.

Prior to starting drilling activities, the company needs to secure all other permits and consents that are needed by other authorities.

In May this year, Wintershall completed the drilling of wildcat wells 35/8-6 S and 35/8-6 A in PL 248.

The wells were drilled around 5km north-west of Vega field in the North Sea and 150km north-west of Bergen. The purpose of drilling was to prove petroleum in upper Jurassic reservoir rocks.

Image: Wintershall operates PL 248 F with an ownership interest of 40%. Photo: courtesy of Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.